Nurturing the creativity & talent of the next generation & creating opportunities for everyone is central to the Lyric’s work. Due to Covid-19 we have had to suspend many of our programmes & have lost the majority of our income. Help us to reopen so that we can be at the heart of our community.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 23 June 2020 to 6:00 PM, 3 July 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (278518)
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the fantastic opportunity you gave some of our patients to watch Cinderella and Father Christmas. The opportunity to go to a show with family and our NHS staff to offer support allowed the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience.”
"It has actually changed my life. Other companies stress youth development but it’s all superficial. The people here are actually dedicated to making sure that the youth they work with in the building develop in every way. The opportunities that I’ve got here are ridiculous."
“R* has been changed by her experience. She has developed from being a shy, retiring and oppositional young person to being open and willing to try new things and take on challenges. She has become more focused and resilient, and we believe much of this change is directly attributable to the Lyric."
Despite pockets of wealth, our borough suffers deep inequalities. The poverty rate is 30.5%, 38% of children are in income deprived families, 24% have free school meals & there are many NEET young people. These factors impact the likelihood of young people experiencing poor mental health, unemployment, low quality of work in later life, or involvement in criminal activity. Lockdown is detrimental to the already vulnerable status of the young people we support and is deepening inequalities.
We support young people and artists from all backgrounds in our community through creative drama programmes that them to create positive futures for themselves. We know that the skills we cultivate, including creativity, communication and mental wellbeing, will be important to young people as they emerge from a period of lockdown that is taking its toll. We believe that good society looks after one another, and that by supporting young people, we are supporting a better future for all.
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